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  2. Griff

    Petrol smell in caravan

    Out of interest, can others smell petrol?
  3. David in Cheshire

    Going smaller

    We are fans of fixed beds, we gave up the best van we ever had (Hymer) in order to have them and however much we would like to downsize it comes back to do we want to make up beds again. Our van is pretty much a bedroom on wheels and we spend as little time as possible inside, however we dont caravan in the UK and long spells of bad weather are quite rare where we go.
  4. IanV8

    Green Flag

    I have had good and bad experiences with green flag through mayday. Arrived on site with a car rear wheel making horrendous noises, called them up and suggested if they sent a mechanic he could fix it and told them there was no hurry, he arrived 2 hours later stripped the rear brake disc off and found one of the handbrake retainers had come loose, fixed it and it has been fine since. On another occasion when I had a a suspension air bag burst he arrived with a flatbed and said your outfit is too heavy for this, phoned his boss who said it would be OK so loaded up and set off, he could get up to about 40mph but after about 60 miles his engine went into limp mode and we had to pull over and wait about 15 minutes before it would run properly. Did it another twice on the 200 mile journey. Ian
  5. Paul_B

    Petrol smell in caravan

    It would be worth reading the replies as Jane has disconnected and removed the battery and the petrol smell is still there
  6. Today
  7. Easy T

    Going smaller

    We have a similar situation with our Lunar Clubman ES in that we make the bed up each night. As we use sleeping bags and are not very tall it takes me 3 mins to make or strip the beds as we use as two singles 1. 950 x 0. 739m (6'5" x 2'5"). Suits us as we like the side dinette rather than having a fixed bed.
  8. matelodave

    Caravan power Hook-Up Pedestal

    Why not fit the small conumer unit in the summer house and then just put an external socket on the wall of the summer house if that's what you want rather than having an external bollard with a trailing cable ito the summer house. Why would you want 12v in a summer house?
  9. Borussia 1900

    Going smaller

    https://www. tabme. de/en/models/basic/ Buy a Tab, you can get one that is only 620 Kg
  10. a18041967

    Caravan power Hook-Up Pedestal

    Thanks for all your suggestions, and they are a variation of my thoughts, The currnt plan is to run armoured cable from the garage to a hardwood post similar to Dave’s post, then istall a small consumer unit in the summer house. The reason for having a power post instead of running directly inside is to provide a hook option for garden tools or christmas lights. Not sure if a consumer unit will be required, if just 3pin sockets and 12v lights as per caravan may not need one, If seperate lighting and power circuits then maybe. This is an area I’m not skilled in and will pay for an electrician to advise and certifie. Not enirely caravan related post, but thinking of my summer house as very similar to a caravan. I was thinking about a caravan consumer unit with 12v maybe.
  11. David Park

    Best Credit Card for use abroad?

    Last month made a NW CMC purchase in Spain no charges added.
  12. fred

    Going smaller

    Interesting thread. My OH and I discussed this. We both would love an Eriba Touring, but only for summer touring. If we go abroad in the summer the caravan is used for sleeping only, the rest of the time we are outside. So lugging a heavy van about is a bit of a waste. But on the other hand in the winter it is fantastic. I think if I was living in a van for 3 months I would want more space than an Eriba Touring ultimately I think you could cope but it would be claustrophobic and not the best choice. An Eriba Nova on the other hand
  13. AJGalaxy2012

    Going smaller

    Do you really want to spend time just coping? surely you want to enjoy your time. In reality how much would you save by downsizing?
  14. Wunny

    New Smoke regs for MOT killed my car :(

    An update: Out of curiosity, I took a look on gov. uk to see if it has been MOT'd - and it has, until 19th January 2020. So it lives to give someone else a nice car to drive and I've come to terms with the fact that I didn't need two cars and as I've not had to pay out for repairs, tax and insurance. , plus it was coming up to the time for a new timing belt and a couple of new tyres were also going to be required soon. So I'm at least £1000 better off as a result. It's an ill wind. .....
  15. Wunny

    Bailey Pursuit Series II Safety Recall

    Well, I took it into have it looked at and the sun roof dome wasn't as secure as it should have been, but it was all done within an hour and we were on our way to a muddy field for our second outing this year. The work wasn't carried out by the supplying dealer, as they have no workshop facilities, but the dealer I bought my previous Bailey from and use for servicing was happy to do the job, which was ideal, as it was more or less, in the direction I was going.
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  17. Ern

    Petrol smell in caravan

    Is there someone close enough to ask for a bit of help. If the battery is outside its safe but you still need someone to check your caravan for you.
  18. happynomad

    Petrol smell in caravan

    Logic says that the distinctive smell of petrol can only come from petrol. Have you searched all the storage spaces for a container of the stuff? Did the previous owner perhaps use some to degrease or otherwise clean a component? Ideally, you need to get a second opinion as to what you can smell. Petrol seems unlikely, you have offloaded the battery and presumably you have no gas leaks, either in the caravan proper or the gas locker. In the meantime though for your own peace of mind and in daylight, wrap up warm and ensure any gas appliances are shut off shut the gas off at the top of the cylinder, disconnect mains electricity at the bollard move the seat cushions etc to allow ventilation into the spaces below leave all windows, door and roof lights and gas locker open for a while to properly and fully ventilate the caravan. (Do not do this in a howling gale or while it is raining). Once ventilated, close the windows and roof lights etc and then. .. If the smell is still there it has to be something in a cupboard or under-seat space that you can find, identify and remove. If it comes back when you open the gas cylinder then shut the gas off immediately and get advice. If it comes back when you reconnect your mains lead to the bollard you have an electrical fault - disconnect and get advice If it has gone away, get on with things like servicing, repairs and battery replacement etc worry free. Pinpointing the problem by a simple process of elimination will cost you nothing, won't take too long and may help you target your time and money repair wise in the right direction.
  19. segapod

    Best Credit Card for use abroad?

    We've used a Nationwide CREDIT card to make purchases abroad for many years now. No account required, no charge for using the card, excellent exchange rates always applied, Note that cash withdrawals DO however attract a charge for use abroad. If you want to use a Nationwide DEBIT card then of course you need an account and you WILL be charged on all purchases (but I don't think they charge for cash withdrawals these days on the debit card). Moral of the tale - use a credit card, not a debit card for all purchases.
  20. greensmith

    breakdown cover, europe

    ok, thanks for that, it make sense and straight forward, will be on to red pennant. thanks phil
  21. DeeTee

    Extended warranties

    Extended warranty only normally cover the much dreaded "damp" and rarely appliances. However, Whale have a Trade presence on this forum and regularly offer invaluable solutions to users problems with their products. After having several months of trouble connecting a Truma brand replacement pump despite following all forum suggestions, I replaced the Truma with a Whale (equivalent) pump producing an instant cure.
  22. WispMan

    breakdown cover, europe

    Often breakdown insurance will cover the caravan and car if the caravan is attached to the car. BUT most of your time spent driving abroad is when the caravan is NOT attached. So your car breaks down - they will recover it, repair it or bring it back to the UK. But they will ignore the caravan on site. The site owners want you to shift it but you're tied up with the car being trailered back to the UK. then you have real problems. The answer is above - Red Pennant.
  23. Fontinellla at Moniga del Garda
  24. Les Medes

    Best Credit Card for use abroad?

    David, not much use when you use the Tunnel !! I believe that Nationwide Credit Card do now charge fees for use abroad, well that's what the girl in Nationwide told me last week when I popped in
  25. Woodentop

    Best Credit Card for use abroad?

    As I said in my earlier post, I have had a Nationwide credit card for maybe a decade and have no other financial dealings with them but have never paid any charges, so where does this thing about having an account come from?
  26. FrankBullet

    Going smaller

    I'd love an Eriba and have no issue using one over the winter, if it's cold just drop the top down - Eriba's have been year-round vans for decades. My wife's need for a proper shower is what limits them to us. We don't have a big caravan but when it's the two of us we will have a 2-berth 'van towed by a family hatchback, I was looking around a Lunar Stellar yesterday and the amount of real space you get is vast when you remove a fixed bed, okay you make up th lounge but so what.
  27. Sorry read the title of this post, first thing that came to mind was. Who would put a caravan site in an Italian lake?
  28. smino0_1

    last toll south in france on A71(A89)?

    AAAHH but i didnt use the michelin maps . the clue is in the q. i used google maps. lol. as not familular with via michelin. but i can adapt. thanx geof anyway
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